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Top 5 house reefs in the Maldives -Magic under the waters

Snorkelling is one of the most popular water sports activities to do in the Maldives islands, with its breath-taking coral reef and thriving underwater world. Here are some of the best house reefs for you to explore in this country.



Popular for having some of the steepest drops that any house reef in the country has, this place boasts some truly spectacular underwater sights for you. The main attraction at this house reef is the collection of colourful coral reefs which are inhabited by hundreds of marine life and species. Taking the plunge into the water at this house reef is definitely going to be one of the highlights of any trip to the Maldives. Apart from the coral reef views, it offers to you this house reef also has to shipwrecks for you to explore. If you opt to stay at one of the Maldives villas the likes of Grand Park Kodhipparu, you can take a short boat ride to explore this popular house reef.



This island enjoys the perfect position in the Indian Ocean as its area is covered by wave breakers, meaning that water here is calm and clear, making for an excellent condition for you to go snorkelling. The average depth around this Island ranges anywhere from one metre to 1.5 while if you go further in the waters there is even 30 metre drop off. During your snorkelling excursion around this Island, you will be able to take a look at plenty of outcrops of coral and marine life. Similar to other snorkelling islands, this Island will also offer you snorkelling lessons and a tour of the house reef several times a week.



This is yet another one of the Maldives top house reefs and with the depth of about 30 metres, this Island is known for its mild conditions. The snorkelling area around the island gives you a great opportunity to spend many hours exploring the breath-taking sites found below the surface of the water. Ellaidhoo has two sectors, the North and South. The north part of the island is known to be one of the best places for you to take a look at the fascinating marine life like turtles, sharks, manta rays and sometimes even whales. The southern part of the island on the other hand, is best known for its stunning coral reefs, overhangs and sponges.



This house reef is yet another popular one in the Maldives because of it all inspiring beauty and tranquillity. When you explore this house reef, you will be able to see one of the best coral gardens in the area. This garden is filled with thousands of schools of fishes giving you the chance to swim along with some fascinating species of fish like the parrotfish, eagle rays and more.



Vilamendhoo is unique because the reef is very close to the shore, making it super easy to access. Similar to many of the Maldives house reefs, this reef is also home to a collection of colourful coral reefs that different sizes, shapes and bright colours.

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